Papanui Club Chat Snippets
01 Feb 2022
Rob Thomson
At our meeting last week respected club member Rob Thomson gave us an outline of his career in an entertaining and thought-provoking talk.
Rob was ordained as an Anglican minister some 38 years ago and began his ministry as a curate in Ashburton.
He soon found that he had a skill in officiating at funerals. This culminated in him deciding to become a full-time civil celebrant.
Rob went on to talk about some of the considerations when conducting a funeral and what resources are required including i.e. music, quotes, readings etc.
Other considerations are how long will the service be, will there be additional speakers and who is preparing and providing any electronic media (slide shows, etc.).
He next shared how funerals are organised and presented under the ever-changing Covid regulations.
The future and the core values of funerals will, Rob suggested, remain the same.
“Covid regulations, however, have meant that there has been an increase in small family gatherings at a burial or cremation and then a memorial gathering held for a wider group of family and friends later” noted Rob.
It was significant to note that questions from the floor continued for some time which showed the value of Rob’s excellent presentation and the high level of interest it generated among members.
President Grant thanked Rob for his thorough and informative insight into his valued work.
Two Reminders
Please remember to let Deryn know if you cannot attend our 1st meeting at the Papanui Club this week ASAP via
Also, as we are now operating under stricter Covid requirements, everyone must enter via the front entrance as the back entrance to our meeting room needs to remain locked.
Unfortunately we are unable to cook for Ronald McDonald House under the Red Light system i.e. our planned presence on Monday the 14th February is therefore cancelled.
We are OK to return when it drops back to Orange. 
An Update on Omicron from Ken
Dear Rotarians
We are all keenly aware of the restrictions under the Red Traffic Light system and there maybe the need to adapt how clubs continue to meet and undertake projects. 
Please think about using the District Zoom as an option either for your club meetings, Board meetings, or for your social interactions.
This year will be challenging however, we need to remain innovative and positive.
Note: your Board will be closely watching how the Omicron situation develops and adjusting how we meet, interact and undertake projects accordingly.
Food for Thought
Check out this article for some ideas here.